A lot of my stu­dio work involves work­ing with mod­els. It is real­ly easy to make minor adjust­ments to make the image pop espe­cial­ly when the mod­el already have flaw­less skin.

I like to do these before send­ing the images to Pho­to­shop for manip­u­la­tion.

F&F Kids MF 23867

Like the pre­vi­ous Light­room Pre­sets, you tog­gle Adjust­ment Brush by tap­ping the K key.

In my Por­trai­ture Enhance­ment Adjust­ment Brush bun­dle, I pro­vid­ed you with Bright­en Eyes, Eyes Sharp­en and Red Lips Adjust­ment Brush.

Bright­en Eyes are sim­ply the adjust­ment brush to bright­en the white part of the eyes. The scle­ra appears slight­ly yel­low in adult, and this can often be cor­rect­ed by the Adjust­ment Brush. You can also use the same Adjust­ment Brush for teeth-whiten­ing.

Adjustment Brush Dropdown

Depend­ing on the col­or of the eyes and the direc­tion your strobe, the Iris Enhance Adjust­ment Brush is good in bring­ing out the col­ors of the iris. Iris Enhance is includ­ed with Adobe Light­room 4.

The Red Lips Adjust­ment brush are best used in adults. You can even use the same brush to give a lip­stick gloss effect. Just change the col­ors!


Compare Enhanced Eyes and Lips

To install,

1) Nav­i­gate to your Light­room pre­sets fold­er. The eas­i­est way to do this is to go to Lightroom’s pref­er­ences by click­ing the Light­room menu and choos­ing Pref­er­ences (PC: Edit > Pref­er­ences). Then choose the Pre­sets tab and click the “Show Light­room Pre­sets Fold­er” but­ton to open the Light­room Fold­er.

2) Now go into the Light­room Fold­er. Then go into the Local Adjust­ment Pre­sets fold­er.

3) UNZIP the file you down­loaded from the bot­tom of this post.

4) Copy and paste the “.lrtem­plate” files into the Local Adjust­ment Pre­sets fold­er.

5) Restart Light­room

To use, sim­ply select Adjust­ment Brush while you are in Devel­op mod­ule, or sim­ply tap the K key on the key­board. Select one of the effects from the Effects drop­down. Sim­ply paint it over for the effect. I also like to tog­gle Auto Mask for the edge detec­tion. You can also view the mask over­lay by tap­ping the O key.


Melvin’s LR4 Por­trai­ture Enhance­ment Adjust­ment Brush Pre­set